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From anxiety to action

A group of Salzburg-based researchers led by the psychologist Eva Jonas investigates the neuro-psychological mechanisms behind existential threats. What exactly happens in the process between threat and defensive reaction is at the centre of an ongoing study funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF. It is an interesting phenomenon: climate change is becoming more and…

Climate-friendly measures don’t impair companies’ competitiveness

In an FWF-funded project, a team of researchers from the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) investigated the effect of climate-protection measures on companies. The influence on competitiveness turned out to be negligible, while the positive environmental impact was confirmed. Time is running out: the UN recently stated that the measures foreseen by the Paris…

The Viennese culture of vituperation

With the support of the Austrian Science Fund FWF, the German studies scholar Oksana Havryliv is investigating the phenomenon of verbal aggression among the Viennese population. Across all social strata and at every age, people vociferate and use swearwords mainly to relieve stress. For the first time, the scientist has also asked those involved about…

The grammar of movement

Like spoken language, sign language has a complex and differentiated structure. One just has to be able to discern and interpret it. With the support of the Austrian Science Fund FWF, a research team from Klagenfurt is working on the elements of a grammar of sign language. It is language that distinguishes Homo sapiens from…

Hidden HIV Revealed: New Insights Into Latent HIV Infections

In spite of ever more effective therapies, HIV keeps managing to survive in the body. A comprehensive project conducted by the Austrian Science Fund FWF has clarified the molecular processes which contribute to this effect. In the process, approaches were discovered for possible therapies to combat the hidden reservoir formed by the virus. Thanks to…

New method for 3-D surface inspection has convinced steel giant

New method for 3-D surface inspection has convinced steel giant Defect detection on hot surfaces optimizes rail production Graz, Austria – An innovative method for the quality inspection of hot surfaces is used on an industrial level for the first time: A major Turkish steel producer is optimizing the production of high speed-compatible rails with…

Microbial Power Storage Shows It Can Do the Job

Microorganisms turn surplus power into natural gas within seconds  Linz, Austria – New results have proven that certain microorganisms are capable of producing natural gas under industrial conditions. The method, based on microorganisms known as Archaea, converts climate-damaging CO2 and hydrogen into storable methane (natural gas). A recently completed pilot study has impressively demonstrated how…

Living Healthier with Media Technology

St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences founds Center for Applied Research in Media Assisted Health Care St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences (UAS) is founding a center for applied research on media-assisted health care called CARMA (Center for Applied Research in Media Assisted Health Care for Motion and Activity), which will be completed by 2016.…